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Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) by [Longman III, Tremper]
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-- Heythrop Journal"One of the most helpful commentaries there is for understanding the details of the text sensitively but with full focus on the physical and sexual aspects of the poetry."-- The Bible Today"Faithful to the format of this fine series, [Longman's] extensive introduction treats questions of authorship, literary style, the history of interpretation, and other features that are specific to this particular biblical book. The commentary itself takes the literary characteristics of the book seriously and engages the thinking of other scholars in its explanation. The rich metaphors that fill the poems are carefully examined and their obvious sexual connotations are delicately interpreted. The book is highly recommended."-- Themelios"An attractive contribution to the well-established NICOT series. . . A thorough, accessible commentary of the Song of Songs, giving the novice theological student an introduction to a wide range of scholarly opinion, both ancient and modern."

-- "Heythrop Journal"
"One of the most helpful commentaries there is for understanding the details of the text sensitively but with full focus on the physical and sexual aspects of the poetry."
-- "The Bible Today"
"Faithful to the format of this fine series, [Longman's] extensive introduction treats questions of authorship, literary style, the history of interpretation, and other features that are specific to this particular biblical book. The commentary itself takes the literary characteristics of the book seriously and engages the thinking of other scholars in its explanation. The rich metaphors that fill the poems are carefully examined and their obvious sexual connotations are delicately interpreted. The book is highly recommended."
-- "Themelios"
"An attractive contribution to the well-established NICOT series. . . A thorough, accessible commentary of the Song of Songs, giving the novice theological student an introduction to a wide range of scholarly opinion, both ancient and modern."

About the Author

Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty books, including commentaries on Daniel, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1241 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (24 Sept. 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CQV8E2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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Perhaps one of the less attended-to books in Scripture, and one which has undergone paradigm-shifts in interpretation in the last century, many of the commentaries on the Song deal with one interpretation, and fail to acknowledges the challenges of understanding poetry in 21st C contexts.

Longman deals clearly and fairly with the challenges of understanding the Song, as well as giving a fair stab at arguing his own take. It deals with some of the more technical aspects of understanding the Song, wrestling with ANE poetry admirably. This is both a clear and readable exposition of the song, which goes beyond the largely devotional commentaries otherwise available. An essential component of a preacher's arsenal when tackling the Song, especially to provide tools to unlock what Scripture actually says, rather than what individual commentators think.
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Longman successfully argues, following Tribble 1975, that this is a love poem, or a collection of poems. His division of the book is not convincing and neither is his argument that Solomon is the hero in chapters 1 and 3 and the villain in chapter 8. In chapter 3 Solomon's sexual conquests seem to resemble a military campaign after Provan. But Longman is good at taking the poem as an analogy of the love between God and his people and as a lyrical exposition of the creation and redemption of erotic love.
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The song of Solomon (Canticles) is a beautiful book. It's about love. It's also a difficult book.

The Canticles are attributed to Solomon, son of David, king of Israel c.970-c.930 BC. In the Bible he's traditionally associated with The Song of Solomon (Canticles), Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs. His alleged wisdom is illustrated by the Judgement of Solomon. It doesn't mean necessarily that Solomon actually wrote them. In those days it was custom to ascribe some anonymous books to a famous person.

The Canticles is a collection of love songs written in such way that the reader gets the impression to be a participant in a feast or a wedding feast. It's a dialogue, presented as love songs, between a man and a woman. That sounds obvious but it isn't because it's not clear who they really are. The Jews say that he and she are God and Israel. According to the Christians they symbolize Christ and the Church and yet another explanation says they are God and the Soul.

Today we know that Solomon was not the author, the Canticum was written in the third century BC.
The Canticles (or Canticum, Song of Solomon, Canticum Canticorum.) are not a story but a collection of songs. It provides tools to improve our knowledge of God's intentions and at the same time to understand better our own thoughts and fears.

The "Canticles" is easy to read when you take the words literally. But when you search for a deeper meaning it can be very difficult.
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One of the best commentaries I have ever read. Obviously the subject matter is close to the author's heart!
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Arrived on time and as described.
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